Alexander C. Nnabue knows that caring for eyes is really about caring for people. After earning doctor of optometry degrees from both Imo State University in Nigeria and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Nnabue decided to found his own company to help restore patients' ocular health. What began in 1994 as a single storefront has blossomed into six Visual Eyes locations throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Today, the caring doctor leads biannual medical mission trips to Africa, including one trip that, according to a 2006 Nigeria World article, put thousands of eyeglasses and medications in the hands of those in need. Dr. Nnabue also shares his knowledge as an adjunct faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Optometry, a senior examiner with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and an international instructor in countries including Israel and Norway.
At Visual Eyes, he and his fellow optometrists use advanced technology to diagnose and treat various conditions. A trained technician manufactures lenses at an in-house lab, and Dr. Nnabue specializes in orthokeratology, a vision-correcting process that eliminates the need to wear glasses, contacts, or a sign that says, "Sorry for walking into you; I forgot my contacts or glasses." The team also prides itself on showcasing the latest designer frames, including Oliver Peoples, Prada, and Robert Marc.
No matter where they are in the country, clients of Dental Professionals of Virginia and Maryland and Neibauer Dental Care are bound to find a dentist just as skilled as the one at home. That’s because more than 400 offices in 19 states are affiliated with the dental network, whose administrative support, guiding principles, and focus on continuing education ensure that their dentists will be talented wherever they work. The company also strives for community improvement—they’ve contributed more than $250,000 to such charities as the American Red Cross, The Oral Cancer Foundation, and the Smiles for Life campaign.
Dr. Venetta Kalu puts her expertise in naturopathic medicine to use with an arsenal of detoxifying, holistic health remedies. Whether its an energizing massage or package of body-cleansing services, each treatment begins with a one-on-one consultation to determine medical history and treatment goals. In addition to holistic spa services, Dr. Kalu provides nutritional advice, healthy recipes, and multivitamins shaped like Lady Justice to balance bodies from the inside out. During treatments, clients can sip complimentary herbal tea as soothing music lulls their senses to peace.
Although each one of the ten different instructors at Bikram Yoga Riverdale Park has a unique background, they're all united in their belief that Bikram yoga offers the most versatile, wellness-driven exercise out there. During the 90-minute class, temperatures soar to 105 degrees and 50 percent humidity. This keeps muscles limber, releases toxins, and encourages empathy for rainforest animals. As heart rates increase, students move through 26 challenging poses and two breathing exercises. In addition to classes, the studio works to ensure that students arrive with stress-free minds; their childcare program keeps kids entertained while parents find their center, and their juice bar refreshes thirsty yogis with healthy post-class drinks.
New York native Kenneatha Grimes has had—and overcome—her own struggles with weight, so she knows what it takes to get in shape and live a healthier life. Through BSB Fitness, this AFAA-certified group fitness instructor and wellness coach offers classes such as the Latin-flavored Zumba and high-energy Hip-Hop Hustle that are designed to get participants up and moving. Turbo kick, PiYoStrength, and boot camp further fuel the caloric burn. She also offers nutritional tips combined with plenty of encouragement.
Dr. Andre is a podiatrist who makes house calls, making it easy for patients who are homebound or receiving care in an assisted living facility to take care of their feet. Whether seeing patients at home or in her office, she treats a wide array of issues specific to the skin, bones, and nails of the feet, including fungal infections, fasciitis, arthritis, and xerosis. Additionally, she can also address foot problems caused by diabetes or injuries sustained during an aggressive hopscotch-off.